The Mideast Peace Process – Washington Makes Things Worse – NYTimes.com

“President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus,” said Mitt Romney. Tim Pawlenty wrongly said Mr. Obama had called for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, which he called “a disaster waiting to happen.” Rick Santorum said Mr. Obama “just put Israel’s very existence in more peril.”

Others went even further. Representative Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee, a former presidential candidate, said Mr. Obama had “betrayed Israel.” The worst line came from Representative Allen West of Florida, who somehow believes Mr. Obama wants to keep Jews away from the Western Wall and wants to see “the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.”

Some Democrats were also piling on, evidently afraid Republicans will paint them as anti-Israel. It was not helpful when Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, said that no one outside of the talks should urge the terms of negotiation, clearly repudiating the president’s attempts to do just that. Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip, and other Democrats have made similar statements.

via The Mideast Peace Process – Washington Makes Things Worse – NYTimes.com.

4 Responses to The Mideast Peace Process – Washington Makes Things Worse – NYTimes.com

  1. Just goes to show that democrats can pander to Mr. Netinyahu just as much as republicans can. I am sick of the congress giving him standing ovations, instead of standing with the president. I wish someone would go back to the beginning and explain to us exactly what happened. When the arabs were told to vacate their homes and olive groves on land they had occupied for hundreds of years, and was later called Israel, were the arabs paid for the homes, olive groves and businesses?. If not, why not?. My house stands on property that once belonged to the American Indians. Could they reclaim it without paying me? I am tired of Mr Netinyahu’s stalling and dithering, and continuing to build on the land that is to be a Palestine state. Justice must prevail, or peace will never happen in the middle east. Folks, please vote your PM out of office, and put in someone who stands for peace and justice. Peace to all.

  2. bert says:

    Learn a little history. Jews lived in Israel continuously for thousands of years. Most were exiled, a few remained. when Jews started returning in the late 1800s, they BOUGHT property, spending MILLIONS. In Jerusalem for example, they lived in the Old City, which was under Jewish control until 1948, when it was occupied by Jordan until 1967. Jews founded Tel Aviv – the Arabs came later, so when they fled in 1948, they could not claim to have lived there for thousands of years. Jordan had control of the West Bank, and Israel won the land in a war from Jordan. Since Jordan is not claiming the West Bank belongs to them and they want it back, whose land is being “occupied?” The Jews were expelled from Arab lands as a result of the 1948 war, do you think they should be compensated? If not, why not? Because you feel sorry for non-Jewish refugees but not Jewish refugees of the same war? If yes, please know that the Arabs living in Israel were poor and didn’t lose much, while the Jews living in Egypt and other places were often rich and lost homes and businesses worth far more.

  3. bert says:

    One other thing:
    You feel sorry for Palestinians. Just curious if you feel sorry for any Arabs who are oppressed by Arabs, or only the ones whose enemy is the Jews. Did you, for example, post comments about the poor Arabs being oppressed by Mubarek, or do you only worry about Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza. Do you think if you were an Arab, particularly a gay Arab, you would like to live in Israel or do you think any other country in the Middle East is as good a place?

  4. KOOLWOMAN says:

    I am sorry for all people who are treated unjustly. Just sayin’ that the arabs who were displaced have a legitimate beef. I am not taking sides.

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